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Lee County jury hands down 2 capital murder indictments

(Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - On April 21, 2017, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office formally arrested Martez Anthony Simmons 26-years-old and Marquavious Tirrell Howard 25-years-old, both of Opelika, after a Lee County Grand Jury issued Capital Murder indictments on each of these defendants. 

These two defendants were already incarcerated in the Lee County Detention Facility on charges relating to a murder-robbery plot which led to their initial arrest but have now been upgraded to Capital Murder.  

These charges stem from the following events which occurred on August 30, 2016 at approximately 10:35 p.m. CDST.

The Columbus Police Department responded to a burning vehicle call on Old Cusseta Road in Columbus Georgia.

The burning vehicle was a white 2005 Chrysler Town and County Mini-Van.

The vehicle was unoccupied at the time of its discovery and belonged to Fast Service Cabs out of Opelika, Alabama. 

The next morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. CDST, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a motorist who reported seeing the deceased body of a man on the side of the road near the intersection of Lee Road 401 and Lee Road 170 Salem, Alabama.   

On arrival deputies located an individual who suffered from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

The victim was identified as William Lewis Foreman, 67-years-old, of Opelika.

He was also the owner of the taxi which had been discovered burning in Columbus, Ga. 

The case was ruled a homicide. 

Martez Anthony Simmons and Marquavious Tirrell Howard were both linked to this case and later arrested for their involvement in the murder of William Lewis Foreman.

Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334.749.5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847. 

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